Almost 70 percent of the underage schoolchildren can still order alcohol at the bar. One third of them use a borrowed or falsified identity card. This is the result of a survey among 3000 young people.

Commissioned by the NOS, the website asked young people aged 15,16 and 17 whether they were fraudulent with their identity card. On 1 January, the age limit for drinking alcohol was raised from 16 to 18 years of age. 11 percent of those surveyed who drink alcohol go to the pub with a fake ID. A little under 20 percent borrow an identity card from someone who is old enough.

Create it yourself or ask a friend to help

The fake ID cards are tinkered with by some young people, for example on the school printer or scanner. 30% of students who make a false card use school equipment. Others are calling on the help of fellow students who are good at computers and are able to manufacture a real looking document.

The police and catering sector are unable to say on what scale the fraudulent use of identity cards among young people is taking place. According to the catering industry, many young people aged 16 and 17 also drink outside the official drinking establishments.

An increasing use

The Public Prosecutor’s Office does not have exact figures, but he does see an increase in the number of young people who are trying to enter the pub with a false identity card now that the age limit has been raised. The Public Prosecutor’s Office is receiving more and more signals about this from the public prosecutors.

When determining a punishment, the age of the young person and the intention are taken into account. Usually the identity card is taken away and a warning or punishment follows. But if a young person commits wrong-doing several times, he or she will be punished more severely by a juvenile judge, and get a criminal record.